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An early foray by Trey Parker and Matt Stone into the realm of feature films, made while they waited to find out if South Park was going to get picked up by Comedy Central. The film was released in 1997.

Joe Young (Parker) is a naïve Mormon missionary who gets recruited by the evil Maxxx Orbison (Michael Dean Jacobs) to star in a cheesy pornographic superhero action / adventure / porno as "Orgazmo", a superhero who fights and uses his Orgazmorator to stun evildoers with orgasms. Joe's moral scruples cause Maxxx to use a stunt cock — a double for the missionary — in penetration scenes, leaving Joe to handle the acting... and some softcore porn. Soon he is introduced to his sidekick-to-be, Ben Chapleski (Dian Bachar), a.k.a. "Choda Boy", a PhD from MIT with a laboratory in his basement, who only does porn because women don't take him seriously. (At least if he does porn, he gets some action.) But trouble comes when the owner of their favorite sushi bar is forced to give up his restaurant by thugs, prompting Ben to give Joe a REAL Orgazmorator...

The film is infamous for receiving an NC-17 rating despite featuring no penetration whatsoever, any actual sex being no less explicit than a typical PG-13 comedy. It was to be the first of Parker and Stone's many battles with censorship.


  • Affectionate Parody: Of both pornographic and superhero movies.
  • And This Is for...: After shooting Orbison with the Orgazmorator several times, backing him up to the pool, Choda Boy figures he's had enough. Joe hesitates, then decides "one more for Jesus".
  • Badass Boast: Both the Big Bad and Joe near the end:
    Orbison: I OWN THIS TOWN! I'm the mayor, I'm the governor, I'm the police AND the crime! And WHO THE HELL ARE YOU TO CHANGE THAT?!
    Joe: I'm Orgazmo.
  • Badass Preacher: Joe Young counts as he preaches Mormonism and knows how to fight. He's also well skilled with the Orgazmorator.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": The actress playing the Damsel in Distress in the beginning is clearly phoning it in during the second take of the scene.
  • Back Blocking: Early in the film just as a porn actress is about to be revealed naked a porn actor's ass walks into frame, obstructing our view.
  • Bound and Gagged: Lisa is Chained to a Bed and gets tape on her mouth, too.
  • Becoming the Mask: Joe and Ben de-fictionalize their respective characters Orgazmo and Choda Boy.
  • Bewarethe Nice Ones: See Badass Preacher.
  • The Bully: A-Cup loves to pick fights with people, especially Joe, for no reason.
  • Catchphrase: "Now. I don't wanna sound like a queer or nuthin.' but -" It's the face he makes after that really makes this a catch phrase.
    • Also Sancho while being interviewed for a role in the latest movie:
    Orbison:"Who are you?"
    Sancho:"I (beat) am Sancho! (complete with Spanish guitar riff)
    Orbison:"Okay, but what do you do?"
    Sancho:"Do? I (beat) am Sancho!"
    Orbison:"Okay, but...."
    Sancho:"Are you Sancho? Is he Sancho? No, because I (beat) am Sancho."
    Orbison:"Okay, you're hired."
  • Chained to a Bed:
  • Chekhov's Skill: Hamster Style Kung Fu.
  • Clark Kenting: No one is ever fooled by the main characters' superhero costumes.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Joe Young is very clueless about when people don't want to convert to Mormonism, but he knows self-defense and his skills at hand-to-hand combat are why he gets his job.
  • Damsel in Distress: Maxxx Orbison decides to kidnap Lisa, Joe's fiancee, to ensure that Joe continues to play the part of Orgazmo. Guess what Joe and Ben decide to do?
  • DVD Commentary: Trey and Company get drunk and watch the movie, and while they don't get as wasted as they did on the Cannibal! The Musical commentary track, they do include this fun Drinking Game: take a drink whenever anyone says "Jesus Christ", "Heavenly Father", or "Orgazmo". You'll get significantly sloshed.
  • Eunuchs Are Evil: Neutered Man.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "The Ass-Fuck Twins" note 
  • Fan Disservice: Despite all the talk about porn in this movie, there are no actual sex scenes and the naked male ass is seen more often than any other R-rated piece of anatomy. And then there's T-Rex.
  • Forced Orgasm: The effect of the Orgazmorator on whoever is it fired at.
  • Give Me a Sign: Joe asks a figure of Jesus for a sign that he shouldn't act in a porn movie. An earthquake happens. Joe looks around for a moment, then asks again for any sort of sign.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!:
    • Joe Young and his fiancee Lisa, being devout Mormons, stand out by virtue of their abstinence from swearing.
      Joe Young: Would you just stop hollerin' at me? Criminy!
    • Then there's the guys trying to muscle G-Fresh into signing over his business:
      Jimmy: Curses!
      Tommy: Curses?
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Orbison.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Naturally, after prefacing his comments with "I don't wanna sound like a queer or nothin'...", everything that Dave the Lighting Guy says becomes increasingly homoerotic.
    Dave the Lighting Guy: I don't wanna sound like a queer or nothin', but you got a really nice ass
    Joe Young: Thanks...
    Dave the Lighting Guy: (Smacks Joe's ass)
  • I Am Not Spock: In-Universe, Joe insists he is not Orgazmo, but hurt his cupcake and he becomes the titular hero.
  • I Know Kung-Faux: Choda Boy and his Hamster style kung fu.
  • I Own This Town: Said word for word by Orbison.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Joe and his overly wholesome fiance Lisa are both devout, goody-goody Mormons who refrain completely from cussing, premarital sex, and other similar activities.
  • Jerkass / Smug Snake: Orbison and his nephew, A-Cup.
  • Karma Houdini: A pretty narrow escape, but Orbison's balls are swollen to the point where they have to be amputated. This only makes him immune to the Orgazmorator.
  • Knocking on Heathens' Door: The intro of the film, and how Joe Young ended up getting into the porn business.
  • Large Ham: Dave the cameraman, who can't control himself from suddenly screaming while on-set.
  • Latex Perfection
  • Lewd Lust, Chaste Sex: All of the sex scenes are far from explicit and are played for comic effect and yet we get to see Joe and Lisa, our two resident devout Mormons make out. With tongue involved.
  • Madonna-Whore Complex: Interestingly applied to males as well as females. With the sole exceptions of G-Fresh, the owner of the sushi bar and those who regularly harass him in an attempt to run him out of his own business, every character of any importance is either involved in the porn business or a devout Mormon.
  • Meaningful Echo: "Looks like he's sleeping with the fishes, see?"
  • Money, Dear Boy: In-universe: The reason Joe gets involved with porn acting in the first place. He wants to marry his fiancee, Lisa, and apparently, their temple charges a hefty fee for performing sealing ceremonies. Also, Lisa wants to have a nice place when they're married.
    • This is Truth in Television, as marriages in the Temple in Salt Lake City are ridiculously expensive.
  • Mood Whiplash: At one point Ron FREAKING Jeremy takes a moment to explain to Lisa that the porn industry exploits both men and women in a rather somber and logical argument. Note, that this takes place as he is tying Lisa to a bed. The whiplash grows even stronger after his indictment for 30 counts of sexual assault.
    • When Choda Boy remarks about how he won't do his "hamster style," he declares it is because he promised his father, making it sound like a poignant dramatic moment. Cut to flashback of young Choda at the breakfast table, eating cereal, with his father reading the morning paper:
    Choda Boy: Dad, I don't think I'm going to do my Hamster Style anymore.
    Dad: Okay son.
  • Obvious Stunt Double: The various "Stunt Cocks" are standins for Joe who are blatantly not Joe. The last one in particular is black.
  • One-Steve Limit: "There are many Jeffs in the world, and many Toms as well. But I... am Sancho."
  • Orgasmatron: The Orgazmorator.
  • Precision F-Strike:
    • Joe has one in reaction to Lisa's kidnapping:
      Joe: I'm pissed off!
    • And after he deals with Maxxx Orbison.
      Joe: You're an asshole! *zaps with Orgazmorator*
  • Questionable Casting: In-Universe: Orbison seems to have no qualms in hiring a devout Mormon to star in his porno movies.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: The climax has Lisa being forced to do a porn scene. Even though Orbison is an unlikeable Jerkass, this is what truly pushes him into pure evil territory.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: When Joe attempts to pull out of making any Orgazmo sequels, Maxxx Orbison decides to blackmail him to cooperate.
  • Running Gag:
    • "I don't wanna sound like a queer or nothin'..."
    • "Jesus!" "Where?"
    • "Jesus and I love you!"
  • Save the Princess: See Damsel in Distress above.
  • Sequel Hook: The movie ends with Orbison learning he needs to have his testicles removed thanks to being hit with the Orgazmorator too many times having given him elaphantiasis, and him cackling maniacally that he's going to become Neutered Man and defeat Joe Young.
  • Shout-Out: A couple to Dickens' A Christmas Carol and some others to Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
    Lisa: I don't know what's happened to you, Joe, but... I hope you're happy in the life you've chosen.
  • Show Within a Show: In-universe, it becomes so incredibly popular it gains mainstream appeal and children's toys are made based on the characters.
  • Shown Their Work: A lot of in-jokes from the porn industry show up. For example, porn people apparently eat a lot of Pop Tarts.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Sancho is a living legend, but only to himself.
  • Spandex, Latex, or Leather: In the Film Within a Film, they wear spandex. In their genuine superhero personas, it's latex.
  • Spiritual Successor: The Book of Mormon, the Broadway musical that Trey Parker and Matt Stone later wrote, which also focuses on the inner conflicts of a Mormon missionary.
    • Two minor characters in Mormon are given the names Elder Young and Elder White, the names of the protagonist and his companion in Orgazmo. They don't get paired up, though (Young gets paired up with Elder Grant and White with Elder Smith), so it may be coincidence.
  • That Poor Cat: Choda Boy's cock rocket sparks a lot, flies off-screen, and apparently hits a cat.
  • The Cast Show Off: The title theme is sung by Trey Parker, and is an epic description of what is means to be a "man". Pronounced in the song as "maaay-yan".
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Joe claims his character, who Lisa thinks killed himself (Joe lied and said the movie was an adaptation of Death of a Salesman), was actually killed by the CIA for selling smack to Nazis.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Lisa, Joe's Purity Sue fiancee, gives Joe one of these when she finds out that he's been acting in porn movies.
  • Your Mom: When Orbison's thugs try to coerce G-Fresh into signing away his sushi bar, he responds with this until they beat him into signing their contract.